Timor-Leste willing to serve in UN peacekeeping operations

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José Luis Guterrez

Timor-Leste will do its best to give back to the international community for the support it has received over the years.

That's what the country's Foreign Minister, José Luis Guterrez told UN Radio on Monday.

Mr. Guterrez is  in New York to participate in a meeting of the Security Council on the UN Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT) which is expected to wrap up at the end of this year.

"We will do our best to give back the support that we have received all over the years. We have already sent our police force to Kosovo and we are considering to send also our military forces as part of the United Nations peacekeeping force anywhere when the UN requests us to do so."

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UNMIT was established by the Security Council in 2006 to help the country consolidate stability and build democracy following major political, humanitarian and security crises.

Timor-Leste, a former Portuguese colony, was occupied and controlled by Indonesia in 1975 until it became independent in 2002.

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